The basic idea here is to STUB the base wig (i.e., make a ponytail, seal it at the base, and cut it off!) - then ADD long extensions to create the actual ponytail.

So you DO NOT need to start with a LONG wig at all!

For most ponytail and updo styles, a shoulder length through shoulder blade length base wig (16-24" / 40-60cm) is perfect. It should be as thick as possible, and you'll probably want it to have a large skin top and a versatile front so you can either pull all of the hair back into the ponytail, or style all kinds of bangs and side bangs known in the world of anime^^

The wig should NOt be layered, meaning all of the hair in the wig comes down to the same length. There should be no short, frizzy hair at the 'roots' (this is a trick often used to fake volume) that will stick out when you try to put the wig in a ponytail.

I usually recommend the Femme Fatale from Amphigory.com (it goes by the name of Lacey's 1960 Prom Pageboy in other wig stores), as well as the Angela 750 and the longer Ashley 850 from New Look brand (available at cosplay.com, Amphigory, and a bunch of other stores.) Look out for this type of wig from other brands, too. They come in a slightly wavy style, but they can easily be straightened using hot water (160-185F / 70-85C.)

DO NOT use a LONG base wig unless the character has full, long side bangs that you cannot possibly create by adding extensions / sewing long wefts into the base wig.

Why not use a long wig? Putting it in a ponytail is a pain because it tangles like hell, and the weight pulling on the roots makes it difficult to style the hair or even fix it in the desired position. You might even ruin the wig in the process if this is your first time putting a wig into a high ponytail.

Plus, extra long wigs are usually way thinner than shorter wigs, so you will need to add more extensions for overall thickness and to conceal the undermesh in the back. You'll end up investing more time and money compared to a mid-length wig.

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Kukkii-san posted on 11-07-2011 at 02:20 AM:

You'll probably want to start with a thick, shoulder length base wig (as pictured) and sew in long wefts to create her sidebang(s).

MfloLovesNinja posted on 11-05-2011 at 09:53 AM:

I am making a Villetta Nu wig and I have no idea what type of wig style to use for her! Sine her hair is long, I have to make a lone bang on the side. If you look up her picture you will see what I am talking about. I have styled and dyed my own wigs and have add weaves and braids to my own hair, so I know partially what i am doing. I was going to go with a white wig and dye it silver, but i don't know the style to use! Please Help!

Kukkii-san posted on 10-06-2010 at 04:53 AM:

Yes, but the Willow has some short hair in the back that you may need to replace with extra wefts. (From what I hear, the Clover-L has longer hair in the back, but I'd check the forums if you want to be sure.)

Sana-san posted on 10-05-2010 at 08:49 PM:

Would Willow work as a base?
I'm trying to make Rikku from FFX.

Kukkii-san posted on 08-10-2010 at 01:00 PM:

Brainlessly easy, just do a forum search for "cutting bangs" tutorials ^.^

Erdrosseln posted on 08-10-2010 at 07:58 AM:

Hey, I've read through your tutorial and it seems really great. :P

But I've got a small question, about the wig choice. I'll need the final product to have bangs (Yin, from Darker Than Black), but I've noticed that none of your recommended wigs start with bangs. I'm just a beginner, so I'm just wondering; how hard would it be to separate bangs, from a 'no-bang' wig? Or should I use a wig that already has bangs? If so, do you know any wigs that are particularly suitable?

Thanks in advance.

Kukkii-san posted on 05-20-2010 at 12:50 PM:

The wigs I recommend are listed in the caption ^.^ (Angela 750 and Ashley 850 are both available at the cosworx store.)

TeaganWolfe posted on 05-20-2010 at 03:16 AM:

Kukkii, I have a problem. I'm trying to make a high ponytail ala Lara Croft from Tomb Raider: Legend, but all of the wigs I come across, when pulled up to the ponytail area, show the entire upper back of the neck... and thus look weird. Would you recommend a certain type of wig to make it look natural? Basically something like this : http://www.cosplaymagic.com/demaycrykyco.html

Or could I in fact use this wig and change it's color, somehow? They've informed me it doesn't come in brown :-\

TheElevatorGirl posted on 03-01-2009 at 07:36 PM:

Okay, thanks (I'm such a newbie at styling wigs, you're tutorial is really helpfull )

Kukkii-san posted on 03-01-2009 at 03:54 PM:

You don't sew any wefts to the skin top. The skin top is on the front / top of the wig (where the part is), it doesn't extend to the back. (You can actually see that in the photo. Or just take a look at one of your wigs, turn it inside out and you'll see for yourself^^)

TheElevatorGirl posted on 03-01-2009 at 11:08 AM:

Does it make it difficult in the attaching wefts section (step 5) of making a ponytail?

Kukkii-san posted on 03-01-2009 at 06:34 AM:

A skin top is a fake scalp.

TheElevatorGirl posted on 02-28-2009 at 11:10 PM:

What is a 'skin top' on a wig?

TheElevatorGirl posted on 01-28-2009 at 10:33 AM:

Okay, I was looking--and I saw two of the Clovers, but one is a Clover B--what's the main difference?

Kukkii-san posted on 01-28-2009 at 10:24 AM:

AFAIK, the Clover has a small skin top, and possibly some short hair in the back which you'd have to replace (if it's anything like the Willow.) Other than that, it should work just fine. Personally, I prefer versatile base wigs that I can cut the bangs into myself.

TheElevatorGirl posted on 01-28-2009 at 10:11 AM:

I have a question on the wigs; I would like to use Cosworx for my wigs--I trust them more than eBay--but I'm having a hard time finding one with the bangs I need with the wigs you suggested.
Would 'Clover' work?

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